Across the world women are discriminated against and excluded from economic systems. Working conditions for women are frequently much worse than for men. They are likely to earn less and experience exploitative and unequal working conditions. Women are also less likely to have a bank account than men. This has an impact on their ability to save for the future or invest in businesses.
What is CARE International doing to advance women’s economic justice?
When women earn, everyone benefits. Families are lifted out of poverty and women are empowered to take control of their lives.
CARE supports economically marginalised women to access financial services, participate in dignified work, and thrive as entrepreneurs and small-scale producers. This includes women living in fragile or conflict-affected contexts, and those who have been displaced.
We promote women’s knowledge, skills and capabilities to realise their economic potential. We also support women’s collectives – such as Village Savings and Loan Associations – and women’s rights organisations.
Through our advocacy work, we promote equitable gender and social norms, and influence harmful and discriminatory laws, policies and practices, so that women gain access to markets, high quality employment opportunities, and financial services.
Partnering to embed gender transformation into WASH
CARE International UK, CARE Kenya and Diageo have just completed a pilot programme in Kenya to make Water Management Committees at community level gender inclusive by design.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Lendwithcare!
As the year draws to a close, some of our Lendwithcare entrepreneurs wanted to pass on their thanks for all the support they’ve received this year, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
COP27: CARE joins leading businesses to explore how gender equality can be at the heart of climate action
There was clear agreement on the need for businesses to approach issues of gender, economic inclusion and climate action together at Business Fights Poverty’s COP27 learning event.